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Is Democracy the Best Form of Government?

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            I am going to start off by stating the question, "Is democracy the best form of government?"  Then I will define the words democracy, best, and government.  I will then go into my saying that a democracy isn't the best for of government.  I will talk about how a democracy is inefficient and it leaves room for improvements.  Leaving room for these improvements means it can get better and that it is not the best.  There is a little flaw that was found in my argument.  The flaw is in my definition of 'best.'  I didn't realize this until after I wrote it.  So, I went back and redefine the word best.  Best is a word that has two different sides to it.  It can mean best as in better then all other existing things, or it can mean it's the perfect thing.

            The question that I am going to answer is, "Is democracy the best form of government?"  I will answer this question by saying democracy isn't the best form of government.  Now let me define a few words in question.

            The first word I am going to define is what a 'democracy' is.  A democracy is a form of government where all the people that can vote have an equal share of rights.  To get a better definition of this word I will use the definition that Webster provides, "government by the people; especially: rule of the majority."

            The next word I will define is 'best.'  Best is something that is better then everything else.  It is excelling all other options.  Best is to be better then everything else it competes with.

            The final word I am going to define is 'government.'  A government is the form of people who have the power to decide things in a group of people.  A government is a set of rules set on a group of people.  Even in anarchy there is still a rule.  The one and only rule is that there are no rules.  A government is a set of rules set on a group of people.

            My answer to the question "Is democracy the best form of government?" is that a democracy isn't the best form of government.  To make the case that a democracy isn't the best for of government I have an argument.

            (1)    A democracy has two major forms to it: a direct democracy and an indirect democracy.  All forms of democracy are a form of one of these democracies.  A direct democracy is where every person that is apart of the government has the right to vote on the topics/issues that are addressed.  A indirect democracy is more or less where every person that is apart of the government votes for representatives to make all the rules and laws for them.

            (2)    Everyone involved in a direct democracy has a chance to vote.  This is saying if you are involved in a direct democracy you can vote if you want to.

            (3)    Not necessarily will everyone want to vote.  Some people will not have the time to vote.  They might be too busy working on other things.  They might not be able to vote because they are sick.

Thus,   (4)     A direct democracy doesn't get a true sense of the people want.  A direct democracy is based on who all shows up to votes.  This is to say everyone in a direct democracy that wants to vote, that is apart of the direct democracy, can vote.  Not everyone that wants to vote, that can vote, actually votes.  This might be due to physical heath, financial problems, time, ect. (2, 3)

            (5)     In an indirect democracy you vote for whom you would like to see as a representative of you.  These representatives will make the laws and rules to govern the people.

            (6)     Money persuades a lot of people.  Most people will do anything for the right amount of money.  In Plato's Republic he talks about the different forms of people.  The producers can easily be persuaded by money.  They will do anything for the right price.  Producers consist of most of the population also.

Thus,   (7)     The people whom are trying to get elected can use money to buy their votes.  The people running to be a representative can buy their votes because most people in any government would be considered producers and can be manipulated by money. (5, 6)

            (8)      To be efficient in a democracy all votes must be submitted and be a true representation of what that person thinks.  This is to say that everyone whom wants to vote, that is apart of the government, actually votes and votes honestly.  This is to say that everyone who votes will actually pick what they want to pick.

Thus,   (9)     A democracy is inefficient.  A democracy is based upon two sections: direct and indirect democracy.  If a direct democracy doesn't get a true sense of what people want and an indirect democracy can be persuaded then all votes aren't truly represented. (1, 4, 7, 8)

            (10)   If a thing is inefficient it leaves room for improvement.  This is to say that the thing is not perfect.  When a thing is not perfect it is inefficient and still has room to make it perfect.

            (11)   If there is room for improvement then you can still get it better.

Thus,   (12)   To be the best at something you leave no room for improvements.  By definition, to be the best at something you cannot have something better then it.  When there is room for improvements it means it can still get better. (10, 11)

Thus,    (13)   A democracy isn't the best form of government. If a democracy is inefficient then it leaves room for improvements.  To be the best at something there cannot be room for improvements. (9, 12)

            To restate what I just said, a democratic government isn't the best form of government.  This is mainly because there are inefficiencies in it, and when there are inefficiencies it means there is room for improvement.  When there is room for improvement, it means that it can get better.  If a thing can get better it means its not the best.

            When I discussed this paper with some of my peers a lot of them found a flaw in my definition of best and the premise #12.  Premise #12 is a conclusion drawn from premises 10 and 11.  That is not what is wrong with it though.  What is wrong with it is the usage of best.  Everyone says you define best as "to be better then everything else it competes with."  When you are speaking of that a democracy can get better it doesn't mean its competing with a better form.  It could be the best form of government because everything else it competes with isn't as good.  In premises 10 and 11 they talk about how a democracy leaves room for improvements and because of that it means it can get better.  But what if nothing is better then a democracy?  By the definition of best above, it means it can be the best form of government still. Premises 10 and 11 are just talking about the idea that it can get better because it has inefficiencies.  They are not actually showing that something is better then it.

            I will agree with what is said about my definition of 'best.'  For I agree that I did not define 'best' in the correct manner.  I will redefine 'best' to get around this objection.  I still agree with best is something that is better then everything else.

            There are two ways to consider best: best as in better then all other options, and best as in an idea of something.  When best is used as the term "better then all other options" it's referring to some sort of competition wise it's the best.  The best example of this is when humans say they are the best at something.  For example, if I was to say I am the best hockey player.  That means that no one else is better then me.  But people can still excel and get better then me.  There is no perfect way to play hockey.  For that is why best is used in its content of "better then all other options."

            The second way to think of best is when it's dealing with an idea of something.  The idea of being the best at something means, nothing can be better then it.  Being the best in an ideal situation means you're perfect at what you're the best at.  This cannot relate to any animals but it relates to how things work.  For example, the US economy could be the best form of an economy.  But if I was to say the US economy is the best economy, it is to say that the US economy is competing with other economies.  But when I say it's the best form of an economy then I am saying that it's a perfect economy.

            What it really comes down to is how the word best is used.  Plato talks about 'forms' as being something that is perfect.  To determine what 'best' is the right 'best' to use, it is determined by the content.  If the word form is used then the way to use 'best' is under its being perfect definition.

            To conclude, I talked about how a democracy isn't the best form of government.  I stated why it wasn't.  This is mainly due to inefficiencies.  There is room for improvements if there are inefficiencies, meaning it can get better.  If it can get better then it's not the best.  The objection to my case was in the terminology of the word 'best.'  So I had to be clearer on my definition of best.  It ends up there is two forms of best that can be used.  One that is in a competitive form and another that is in ideal form.  I give examples of both forms of best.

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